Industry News: Manheim delighted to sell ‘sh*tboxes’

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Manheim delighted PicManheim Auctions has put together a collection of cheap, and in their own way, interesting, cars for a special auction next month.

The company is taking a key role in the first New Zealand running of the ‘Shitbox Rally’, an Australian charity event that sees competitors raise money for charity by seeking sponsorship to buy a car and take a road trip in it.

This year the event comes here, with around 70 teams crossing the Tasman for a tour around the North Island, which will include special events and activities – all raising money and awareness for Cancer Research. Continue reading “Manheim delighted to sell ‘sh*tboxes’” »

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Industry News: NZ market ‘exceptional’ – AHG boss

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NZ Market PICThe head of Australasia’s largest dealer group says 2014 was ‘exceptional’ for its New Zealand investments.

Speaking to AutoTalk.com.au, Automotive Holdings Group managing director Bronte Howson says the last year or so has seen a considerable raising of the company’s profile in the Kiwi market.

“The New Zealand market has been exceptional for us,” Howson tells AutoTalk.com.au Australian reporter Max Pichon.
“A lot of the uplift has been from our acquisition of the Davie Motors business in Manukau, where we’ve rebuilt the Holden dealership and added a Nissan franchise. Continue reading “NZ market ‘exceptional’ – AHG boss” »

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Industry News: Robertson Prestige opens in Palmerston North

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The Volskwagen and Audi brands have another new facility joining their ranks with the opening of Robertson Prestige in Palmerston North.

The showroom officially opened today, and follows the opening last month of the impressive Ebbett Prestige facility in Hamilton.

Robertson Prestige dealer principal Mike McCready says he is thrilled to be officially open the new facility. Continue reading “Robertson Prestige opens in Palmerston North” »

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Industry News: ‘Car imports rule change won’t hamper our sales’: AHG

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AHG LOGOAustralia’s largest automotive dealer group, Automotive Holdings Group (AHG), responded to yesterday’s announcement by noting that any laws that may be passed concerning parallel imports are unlikely to have any material impact to the company.

AHG notes that many volume brand models are cheaper in Australia than in the UK and Japan. “The majority of AHG’s franchises are in the volume category,” AHG notes.

“AHG understands there is significant political disquiet over the decision and it is not certain that the legislation will pass. Continue reading “‘Car imports rule change won’t hamper our sales’: AHG” »

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Industry News: Isuzu remains on top of easing truck market

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Screen Shot 2016-02-11 at 1.30.56 PMIsuzu Trucks remains New Zealand top-selling heavy commercial vehicle brand in January 2016, in a declining market that saw many brands watch their year on year figures plummet.

Year-to-date figures saw 367 new truck registrations in January 2016, 3% lower than 378 registrations in the previous period.

Looking at the overall registration trends in January, all of the Japanese distributors lost market share, while three European brands and one American brand all increased their share. Continue reading “Isuzu remains on top of easing truck market” »

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Industry News: Bikes slump following busy year

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In of spite a strong 2015, it has been a slow start in January for registrations of motorcycles – the new market down 12.5%.

A total of 746 units were registered, down from 853 in January last year.

Suzuki returned to the top of the new market, on 151 bikes, but was itself down 8.5% from 165 last year – holding 20.2% of the market. Continue reading “Bikes slump following busy year” »

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Industry News: Eight classic fire engines join the 2016 Variety Trillian Bash

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Eight classic fire engines and mini Kenworth truck will join the Thunderbirds and a line-up of historic cars to kick off the annual Variety Trillian Bash.

The convoy is leaving Levin’s Tatum Park on Saturday, March 12, regrouping at Stevens Motors Ford in Wellington, then heading for the Bluebridge ferry dock from 11.30am for a lineup ahead of the 1.30 sailing.

The Bash raises funds for Variety – The Children’s Charity in its bid to give a hand up to needy Kiwi kids. Continue reading “Eight classic fire engines join the 2016 Variety Trillian Bash” »

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Industry News: Tesla confirms reveal date for entry-level model

Tesla-Motors-symbolThe Tesla Model 3 – the long awaited ‘cheaper’ Tesla is to be revealed on March 31, Tesla told shareholders yesterday.

The long-promised car, which is predicted to have a US$35000 price tag, before tax incentives, was noted in an earnings release, with the proposed reveal date and an on-sale date of late 2017.

Tesla announced plans to open 80 more retail outlets and roll out another 300 Superchargers. Continue reading “Tesla confirms reveal date for entry-level model” »

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